LAKE MARY -

A wine tasting fundraiser is being held to help abandoned or abused animals rescued in Seminole County.

Together Every Animal Receives Support, also known as T.E.A.R.S.,  is hosting a Sit, Stay, Sip & Save a Life event on Friday night.

All proceeds from the wine tasting event will go towards supporting Seminole Animal County Services, which is a non-profit organization which helps abused and abandoned animals within the county.

The wine tasting will be held in the courtyard of the Park Place at Heathrow Center in Lake Mary from 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Organizers said the immediate goal is to raise $45,000 which will go to help support various shelter needs.

One of the major uses for the fundraiser is to purchase a ventilation system to help prevent the spread of bacteria and disease amongst the animals before summer.

Along with the wine testing, there will also be music, silent auction items and food from local restaurants.

Tickets can be purchased in advance from the TEARS website for $35 or $45 at the event.